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The Coral Holobiont (just to make things much more complicated)


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Some of you may already be familiar with the concept of the coral holobiont For those of you who are not research in the last few years has shown not only do corals have various species/strains of Symbodinium spp dinoflagellates (aka zooxanthellea) but also symbiotic cyanobacteria and coral species specific bacteria. Emerging research is also suggesting fungia, algae (besides Symbodinium) and perhaps even viruses. Here are some links for those who have some time to waste grin.png

Discovery of Nitrogen-Fixing Cyanobacteria: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/305/5686/997

Diversity and Distribution of coral associated bacteria (the Mendeley website wants you to download their reader but this paper is short and you can read it by clicking on the page image on the right of the screen) http://www.mendeley.com/catalog/diversity-distribution-coral-associated-bacteria-1/

Onset of microbial associations in the coral Pocillopora meandrina http://www.nature.com/ismej/journal/v3/n6/full/ismej20093a.html

These are just a few if you do a search on "Coral Holobiont" or "bacteria diversity in corals"

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Thanks Victoly, Here's a here's a new link to the paper, looks like the one I posted a couple years ago has been taken down.


This is what caught my eye reading the abstract "Different coral species had distinct bacterial communities, even when physically adjacent, while bacterial communities from the same coral species separated by time (~1 yr) or space (3000 km) were similar."

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